Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Creative Impressions - the Brightest STAR!


This was a fun little tag to do using an easy to do framing technique.  I'm really drawn to stars right now and found a short little "star" quote to frame my tag elements.  I'm adding more and more hand drawn elements to my work.


I started with a #8 tag and blotted Distress Oxide inks in Broken China, Wilted Violet and Fossilized Amber.


I inked an extra tag and die cut a coordinating heart for a layering element.  Creative Impressions black matte frame and folk star are layered over a bit of cotton fabric.  I also created a base with Creative Impressions new velvet and sequin ribbon.  I call it "Gypsy ribbon" because it makes me think of the colors and sparkle of gypsy caravans.


These super cute Creative Impressions clips are always a fun detail to add.  I use these a lot in my planner with a ribbon or washi tape tag.


Add your own words and phrases to a hand drawn frame.  I wrote the phrase with a tail at the beginning of the first word and end of the last word.  I use Uniball Signo 207 Micro and Ultra Micro pens.


Connect the line to make the shape of the frame you want.


Retrace the frame so that the line doesn't quite line up.  Give it a little squiggle if you like for interest, or some x's or stitch marks.

Find some time for some Creative Impressions today.  Create and impress!!



Tuesday, April 3, 2018


Quick post this morning to wish you all a beautiful day and remind you of the power of a random act of kindness.

I covered a scrap of card stock with sticky adhesive and then applied Creative Impressions red and black gingham ribbon.  Die cut the daisy using Tim's Tattered Florals die.

The stem is Creative Impressions black leaf ribbon with white paint smeared over it.

Bo Bunny Vintage Shadow 4 x 5 1/4 panel ties in with Creative Impressions brads & dragonfly touched with some Pewter Distress Paint.  The grays & silver unifies the piece.

Look for an opportunity for one RAK today.  It's good for the soul!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Easter Origami Boxes

Today I am excited to share some sweet Easter Origami boxes with you!


I am hosting an Easter dinner and decided that I wanted each guest to have a little gift by their plate.  I remembered making some origami boxes a while ago and got the idea to create Easter "boxes" instead of baskets!  These were super easy to make and  fun with the addition of Creative Impressions embellishments!

To make these boxes, I searched the internet for a simple Origami Box tutorial.  I wanted to use some heavier paper I had which was 8 1/2" x 11", so I cut one paper for the bottom to 8 1/4" x 8 1/4".  I cut the top paper piece slightly larger to 8 1/2" x 8 1/2".  Then I followed the instructions to create the box.

Believe it or not, I actually took the box top apart again, using my scored lines to determine where the box sides were located.  I stamped "Easter Blessings" on the side and back panels.  Then I reassembled the box top.



Now the fun begins!  I used a stipple brush to add some blue ink onto the top of the box for the sky.  Then I adhered either a bunny or a lamb image.  Once dry, I cut two pieces Creative Impressions 2" Web Ribbon in Lime, overlapping slightly in the center.  I cut into the top of my "grass" with my scissors.  Using Matte Medium as the adhesive works really well and dries completely clear.

After adding several stamped and cut out eggs to the grass, I punched three holes in the box top and adhered Creative Impressions Soft Flower Assortment Brads to the top.  Then I punched another hole in the "sky" and added a Metallic Butterfly Brad.



I wanted to personalize each little box so I used Creative Impressions Pastel Metal Frames                        with the same color brads and wrote my grandson's name in the center.  I will be doing this with all the boxes!



Now all that is left to do is fill the box with some candy and give them out to friends and family!

This is also a fun project to do with kids.  I will be creating more with several little girls I know.

Happy Easter!
Susan


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Ready for SPRING!!


As usual, I am WAY ready for spring and making it harder to wait because I start thinking about it really early.  But for those who want to know, the first day of spring is three weeks from today!!

I'm posting today a few cards featuring Creative Impressions twine.  I luv this stuff and use it regularly for sewing, tying off ribbons and tags, and layering with ribbons to give them more body when I tie bows.  Its got a great organic earthiness which I like to incorporate into my work.

In this first card I used CI twine in a natural color to embellish twill ribbon with sewn "x's", french knots on the little cotton frame and tying a knot on the yellow button to unify the whole piece.


This could be a valentine, but works well anytime.  I borrowed from the "hello" in the background paper and stitched the word on a simple cotton panel, outlined a Bits of Bling heart and x's at the corners to visually anchor the front panel.


I love using this paper piecing technique.  I take some strips of patterned papers, scratch up the edges and piece them over a black card stock panel.  Then, pulling colors from the patterned paper, I stitched stems and a border with CI twine and used Bits of Bling flowers and pearls.  


This is a similar card using flower brads with Bits of Bling as centers for the flowers.  A little pink Bits of Bling butterfly at bottom right finishes the piece.


Here are the papers I started with.  The top two are both sides of a double sided paper and the bottom to are coordinating papers from a paper stack I picked up someplace.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

True Love - A Creative Impressions Valentine

Its time to start thinking about making valentines for the ones you want to give just a little extra love.  I was thinking about making something special but not-a-card.  I've got some cotton duck (duck??  Really, why is it called duck??) that I bought at Joann Fabrics.  Its a great material for making tags, which is what I bought it for, mini books, or anytime you need a nice, heavy fabric to work with.

I cut 8 3x6 inch pieces of fabric, then layered 2 pieces together and messy sewed them around the edges with black thread.  This gave me two layered 3x6 pieces; I layered those on top of each other and sewed down the middle to make a little 4 page mini book.


Now for the fun part.  I gathered just a bunch of Creative Impressions embellishments in red, pink, white & black, plus anything with hearts.  I then just started to play and assemble elements on each page.  Not much technique here, but I've included photos of all the pages plus some close ups.

Enjoy!


On some pages I used another bit of fabric glued to the page so as to hide rough edges and the backs of brads.  On the left page here, I added some french knots in black to balance the bit of black on the left page.


A large white brad makes a good flower center to which I added a rub on.  The right page also uses a rub on.  Cute pointer finger from which hangs a felt heart!


More rub ons frame a web ribbon heart on the left.  "Love" is stitched with embroidery thread on a bit of cotton and glued down on the right.  Glitter ribbon tab finished the mini book with a little sparkle!


I love that the folk heart brad mimicks the shape of the felt die cut heart.


A copper heart brad gets pink embossing powder.




On closer inspection you can see the white web ribbon heart layered on top of the red one.  Hearts were cut freestyle by hand.  Sheer Blossoms are layered and fastened with a heart brad.


Hope you're in the mood for love and inspired to make your own little valentine mini book!


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Easy Valentines

As a designer, I like to create many different styles of art, from the simple to more involved Mixed Media.  This time around, with Valentine's Day coming soon,  I decided to create some easy Valentine cards with minimal stamping involved.  Here they are:




As you can see, I only used one stamp between the two cards!  For the first card, I used some small pieces of Creative Impressions Celery Leafy Vine to create a Valentine Garden.  I used Matte medium to adhere the pieces to an oval piece of white card stock which was die cut.  There is a slightly larger black oval layer behind it.  Besides stamping "Be Mine", the only thing left to do was adhere some Metallic Red Country Hearts for the "flowers", adhere the piece to a patterned paper layer and then to a white card.  Voila!  An easy card to make.   I think kids would even enjoy making these cards!

The second card may not have any hearts on it, but Creative Impressions Love You and Hugs and Kisses Twill Expressions say it all! Combine them with a flower made from the Celery Leafy Vine and the Medium Felt Blossoms and Leaves, Button and Yellow Twine and you have a card with a flower for your friends and family included!

Hope you like these cards.  There is still plenty of time to  gather up the materials and make a few (or more)!  Have fun!

Happy Valentine's Day from Creative Impressions!

Susan

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

MARDI GRAS!

Hello Everyone!  This year Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine's Day, so guess what day Tuesday, the 13th is, Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras!  Has anyone thought how much fun it would be to create some fun cards to send out "just because" to friends and family?  I sure did.  Here they are:



I love Creative Impressions embellishments joined with Graphic 45 papers!  I still have a stash of G45's Midnight Masquerade paper that I wanted to use just for this theme.  Love the combination.  Of course, I thought the embellishments that really "made" these two cards were the Velvet Shimmer Ribbons 70971 Orange and 70978 Lavender  and especially these wonderful Yellow 90602 Fleur-di-Lis paper fasteners/brads!  Don't they make you immediately think of New Orleans and Fat Tuesday?



Here are some close ups for detail:


For this first card, I created a border using one of my border punches and a matching shade of orange cardstock.  I then layered on one of the G45 papers in the collection after first wrapping Creative Impressions Orange Velvet Shimmer Ribbon around each side edge.  Then I punched three holes on each side with a paper awl and inserted the Yellow Fleur-di-Lis brads.  What a difference!  I cut out some masks separately from the paper and used foam tape to adhere them to a black panel.  I could not resist adding some Orange Stickles to the bottom border as well.  Here is the card without the brads:


See what I mean?  It is still pretty but it really "pops" with the addition of the brads!

Of course, I think some feathers coming out from behind the masks would have really added some "punch", however, I am allergic to feathers, so alas....disappointing.

Now for some detail on the second card:


I cut an extra of the costumed character from another panel as well as the larger flowers and adhered them over the top of the bottom images using foam tape.  I used some Orange and Purple (Starry Night)  Stickles to accentuate the mask and part of the pattern of the clothes.  Matches the beautiful Creative Impressions Purple Velvet Shimmer ribbon well!  I added some White Pearls from Creative Impressions to the flower centers and, after wrapping the panel on the left side with the ribbon, I adhered all to a second G45 panel and finally to the card.



Hope you have enjoyed these Mardi Gras themed cards.  Hope they make you think of New Orleans and maybe even Brazil and Carnival!  Party on!

Susan